Just like humans, dogs can become bored and go ‘self-employed’! It could be said that: “The devil finds work for idle paws and jaws!” (to put a spin on a well-known phrase).
Our dogs don’t destroy things or exhibit behaviours we don’t like out of spite – dogs are not pre-programmed to know right from wrong! Rather than intentionally breaking the rules, dogs tend to form habits they enjoy.
If you’d rather your dog formed habits you like, our handy ‘boredom busters’ will help your dog channel some of their mental and physical energy into habits that you can both enjoy.
If you live with an ex-racing greyhound or a sighthound, you may have noticed that your dog has some particular traits or quirks that can leave some trainers baffled. But don’t fear, help is at hand!
Happy Hounds is owned and run by Susan McKeon, who is widely recognised as an expert in greyhound & sighthound behaviour. Susan currently works for a national dog charity and has worked for a national sighthound charity, along with with sighthound clients across the UK. She has also spoken at national and international conferences about greyhound behaviour and training post-racing.
There’s lots of dog training advice on the Internet; some of it good and some of it not so good. But how do you know what is good advice and what isn’t?
At Happy Hounds our mission is to help you to have a great family dog and to enjoy life with your canine companion. With this in mind, we have a range of FREE resources providing practical, & ethical, training and behaviour advice which cover many common training questions.
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Specialist Expertise with Ex-Racing Greyhounds
We have extensive knowledge and experience of working with and training ex-racing greyhounds, and have a range of FREE resources on some of the most common training and behaviour questions about these retired athletes.
Free Training Advice & Resources
If you’re looking for some general training advice, why not check out our free advice leaflets and resources.
Happy ‘tails’ from our clients…
You had our Akita, Mika, in your puppy group in March this year.
Thanks to you Mika has grown into a well rounded 1 year old who socialises so well with other dogs.
I just wanted to say thank you and send you a ‘pupdate’ on her.
We are very happy with the classes and Spencer is doing really well. I used the Leave it!’ last night (when he went to eat something he shouldn’t )and he did leave it – he preferred the cooked sausage!
It’s nice to have a dog trainer who isn’t rough with the dogs.
Thank you so much Susan for all your help and advice on training Gracie.
We both enjoyed the one to one training sessions and Gracie is a happier dog.
Walks are now a pleasure.